Saturday, April 14, 2012

Eleven Palestinian Political Detainees Continue their Hunger Strike

April 12, 2012 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Eleven Palestinian political prisoners continued on Thursday their hunger strike, Palestinian human rights groups reported. According to the report two of the prisoners, Thaer Halahla and Bilal Thiyab, have entered on Thursday their 45th day of hunger strike.

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The political detainees are protesting the Israeli policy of administrative detention and ill-treatment inside detention centers.

The Israeli government uses administrative detention to hold Palestinians for unspecified time without any charges.

Last month prisoner Hana ash-Shalabi ended her hunger strike after a deal was reached to deport her to Gaza for three years before she can come back to her home in northern West Bank.

Immediately after being abducted by the Israeli army in the West Bank, Ash-Shalabi, 30, years old conducted a 43-day hunger-strike demanding an end to her illegal detention.

Palestinian Prisoners Call for Mass Hunger Strike after Negotiations Fail with Prisons’ Administration

Thursday, 12 April 2012 PNN

On Thursday, April 12th Hassam, a society for detainees and ex-detainees said negotiations that took place recently between Palestinian prisoners and the Israeli prisons' administration to seek prisoners' demands has failed.

The failure of these negotiations was attributed to the unflinching obstinacy of the prisons' administration towards prisoners' demands.

The representatives of the detainees in the southern prisons of Nafha, Ashkalon, Negev, Eshel and Rimon prisons sent a letter to Hussam explaining why they chose to cease negotiations. Prisoners confirmed that Israel's intention was to mislead the public by showing its concern to achieve prisoners' demands, but simultaneously procrastinating on decisions in order to circumvent the demands and dissuade prisoners from challenging the status quo.

In the letter, prisoners cited that though they decided to cease negotiations with the administration, they have created an honor agreement with all the prisoners, hoping to unite their efforts and start a mass hunger strike protesting the actions of the administration.

Prisoners of all Palestinian political factions as well as forces outside prisons began to sign a similar agreement to unite efforts.

Palestinian prisoners called on the Palestinian people inside and outside Palestine to show solidarity, announcing that the hunger strike will begin on April 17th, which coincides Palestinian prisoner day.

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